Nick McIntyre is in his sixth season as an assistant coach at the University of Toledo. McIntyre is entering his third season as a full-time assistant after having worked as a graduate assistant in 2010-11 and as a volunteer assistant in 2009. McIntyre works with all aspects of the program, but his main responsibilites will be serving as the hitting coach and assisting with the infielders.
Under McIntyre’s guidance, a trio of Rocket infielders have made All-MAC honors on six occasions — Matt Delewski (second team in 2012, first team in 2010), Joe Corfman (first team in 2012 & ‘10) and Chris Dudics (second team in 2011 & ‘10). In addition, Corfman garnered first-team All-Mideast region accolades following the 2010 campaign.
Last spring, Toledo finished third in the MAC West Division and qualified for the conference tournament for a school-record fifth-consecutive season.
Individually, junior OF Tyler Grogg finished second in the MAC with a .357 (74-for-207) batting average, followed by senior OF Ben Hammer with a .333 (65-for-195) mark, seventh-highest total in the league. UT was the only squad to have two players rank in the MAC’s Top 10 in hitting. Grogg also led the charge on the bases, swiping a league-best 36 bags, most in school history in a single season. He averaged 0.68 thefts per contest, sixth-best nationally.
As a team, Toledo hit a conference-best .289 (574-for-1,988) with 289 runs (5.0 rpg) scored on 574 hits (9.9 hpg). The Rockets also finished first in the league in hit-by-pitch (single-season school record 86), as well as ranking second in hits (574) and sacrifice hits (67) and third in stolen bases (78).
UT was also excellent defensively in 2013, registering a league-best .969 fielding percentage. The Rockets tallied 1,520 putouts, second-highest mark in school history in a single season, against only 69 errors in 58 games. The Midnight Blue & Gold also turned a conference-best 49 double plays. Toledo’s .969 fielding percentage stands second-best total in school history, surpassed only by a .976 mark set during the 1976 campaign.
In 2012, McIntyre helped Toledo capture its first MAC West Division title in school history. The Rockets’ 19-8 (.704) MAC record equaled their best mark since the conference went to three-game series prior to the 2004 campaign. Overall in 2012, UT sported a 30-27 ledger and secured a spot in the MAC Tournament for a fourth-straight season.
Individually, senior 2B Joe Corfman and junior 1B/DH Matt Delewski garnered first-team All-MAC recognition. Corfman paced the squad with a .333 (78-for-234) average, while Delewski was close behind with a .306 (53-for-173) mark. Corfman finished tied for seventh in the MAC and seventh in Toledo record books in hits in a single season. The two-time first-team all-league selection wrapped up his illustrious career first in UT annals in hits (261), doubles (54), second in runs scored (177) and total bases (375), tied for fifth in RBI (134) and 10th in batting average (.329, 261-for-794).
Defensively, Toledo tallied a .960 fielding percentage, fifth-best mark in the MAC. The Rockets tallied a school-record 1,535 putouts, against only 91 errors.
In 2011, Toledo tallied a 26-29 overall mark and a 15-12 league ledger, advancing to the MAC Tournament for a third-consecutive season.
Defensively, UT was very consistent in the field and posted a .964 fielding percentage. The Rockets tallied 1,450 putouts, against only 76 errors. UT’s .964 percentage ranked second best in school history at the time.
Individually, senior SS Chris Dudics received second-team All-MAC accolades. Dudics wrapped up his prolific career first in UT annals in hits (254), third in batting average (.353), seventh in runs scored (134) and eighth in total bases (322).
In 2010, Toledo experienced one of its best seasons in school history, finishing 34-22 overall and 19-8 in the MAC’s West Division. UT registered its first 30-win season since 1999, and the Midnight Blue & Gold’s 34 wins tied for second most in school history. The Rockets’ MAC ledger was the program’s best conference mark since posting a 23-9 (.719) record in the 1999 campaign, and UT’s league-win total was the second most in school history.
Toledo enjoyed a record-breaking year offensively, setting school marks for hits (679), runs (431), doubles (150), RBI (393), total bases (1,043) and at-bats (2,068). In addition, the Rockets’ batting average (.328) and home run (62) total rank second in the school’s single-season record book.
UT was also excellent defensively in 2010, establishing school records in assists (670) and double plays (63), as well as finishing second in strikeouts (347) and fielding percentage (.963).
Individually, sophomore 3B Joe Corfman and redshirt freshman DH/1B Matt Delewski earned first-team All-MAC honors, while junior SS/CF Chris Dudics received second-team all-conference recognition. Dudics was fourth in the MAC with a .391 average, while Corfman and Delewski are sixth and seventh with .383 and .377 averages, respectively.
In McIntyre’s first season, Toledo experienced a respectable campaign, tallying a 24-30 overall mark and a 14-12 ledger in the MAC West Division. The Rockets finished a close second to Ball State in the division standings, equalling the sixth-most conference wins in UT annals. The Midnight Blue & Gold played its best baseball at the end of the season and advanced to the finals of the MAC Tournament for the second time in school history (1982). Their late-season run came to an end with a setback to eventual tourney champion Kent State at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe.
Individually, he helped mentor sophomore OF Dan Sherwood and sophomore OF Chris Dudics to MAC All-Tournament Team honors.
“Nick has such a great knowledge of the game and he’s sharing his experiences as a player in college and in pro ball with our players,” 2010 MAC Coach of the Year Cory Mee said. “He works with our infielders every day, and you can really see their improvement.”
McIntyre came to Toledo following an outstanding career as a four-year starter at Purdue (2000-03) and graduated with a degree in secondary history education. He was a multi-dimensional player for the Boilermakers and started games at catcher, second base and in the outfield. He appeared in 208 career contests and accumulated a .320 average (242-for-756) with 142 runs scored, 49 doubles and 144 RBI. A 2003 Academic All-Big Ten honoree, McIntyre wrapped up his four years in West Lafayette, IN ranked fourth in school history in hits, doubles and at-bats, as well as tied for seventh in RBI and eighth in runs scored and total bases (344).
“Nick’s experience in playing many different positions at Purdue definitely helps make him a better coach,” Mee said.
After graduation, McIntyre was selected in the 20th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Detroit Tigers. He spent the 2003 season with the Oneonta Tigers in the New York-Penn League, before playing the next two years with the West Michigan Whitecaps in the Midwest League (Low A). He was named the Detroit Tigers Minor League Player of the Month for June of 2005 as well as the Topps Midwest League Player of the Month. McIntyre finished the 2005 season with a .303 average, eighth-best in the league, with 30 doubles and seven home runs.
In 2006, McIntyre was elevated to the Lakeland Tigers (High A) in the Florida State League and also spent time with the Erie Seawolves (AA) in the Eastern League. He led Lakeland with a .283 average, 11 two-base hits and seven round trippers.
McIntyre is married to former Boilermaker golfer and Sylvania, OH native Heather Zielinski. The couple has a daughter, Mia (3).
|Hometown:||West Lafayette, IN|